Radiators can be a space and energy saving solutions for homes that do not want to depend on air-conditioners for heating.
Buying a radiator is, of course, a big deal. But you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a radiator if you cannot afford it.
The best cheap radiators on the market can be purchased for less than $100. If possible, you should set a budget for about $150 and you can get two radiators for home.
Here is a list of budget radiators to consider:
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How to Buy a Good Budget Radiator
Here are several things you need to keep in mind when buying cheap radiators:
There are so many modern radiator options to choose from. There are designer radiators, which are very expensive, and space-saving radiators, which can be found for budget prices. Decide what type of radiator you want before you start shopping.
The heat output of radiators is indicated by BTU/hour, or British Thermal Unit per hour. Each room in your home will require a certain BTU amount. So it’s very important to get this calculation done. Usually, heating engineers or gas safety plumbers do this for homes. But you can also go to manufacturer’s or seller’s websites to use online calculators.
Size of the radiator matters depending on the room. For large rooms, you will need a larger radiator with a bigger heat output. Do not buy really large radiators to heat small spaces.
Radiators come with extra perks like towel rails for the bathroom. You can buy a radiator just to keep your towels warm or one that heats up the whole bathroom. Some rooms can get mirror radiators as well. When buying, seriously consider these options as well to get the best value for your money.
Price of the radiator may vary depending on the material. Steel radiators are usually the cheapest and the most suited for budget consumers. There are aluminum radiators too, which are known for vertical panels, lesser weight and low water consumption. Cast iron radiators were a popular choice in the past, but iron takes a long time to heat up, and can be very heavy.
Be careful when buying remodeled old radiators at cheap prices. They may not be as safe as they look. Some old radiators have internal sludge buildup issues. More concerning is the gasket that can be easily damaged in old radiators. It’s smart to buy a new radiator for a budget price instead of an older model.